0 to 4 Weeks Old Baby Development
1 week oldA lot is going on with your baby right after birth. A few things you can try to remember now, so you don' panic later:
- Your Baby will lose around 10% of his birth weight. That is absolutely normal as these are the extra fluids he had at birth. By the second week, he should regain that birth weight.
- Most likely your baby's head will look deformed. That is also normal, and it happens at birth when moving inside your birth canal. Babies have so-called "fontanels. These are soft spots on his skull that allows the skull plates to reshape. Give him a few days, and that will be corrected.
- Baby's umbilical cord is probably still attached. It will fall off in two weeks, but by then try to keep the area clean and dry.
2 weeks old
The time is flying by quickly, and your baby is growing fast. You can expect when he hit the second week, growth spurt. If you think how to notice that....well, the feeding might last a really long time. So, be patient.
3 weeks old
In his third week, the spurt continues, which comes with even more intense feeding and sleepless nights. At this stage, your baby might stay awake for longer and that gives you a more time for you two to bond. Being always there to aid her will improve the connection between baby and you. Try different ways of comforting her. It could be hunger, dirty or wet nappies or gas. Unfortunately, you should prepare for colic symptoms as that is the time when that starts to happen. Your main clue will be when your baby cries for what it looks a no reason. The changes continue in her third week, and this is her sight. Your baby's vision is still blurry, but now she is trying to focus. Because of that the eyes might look crossed but don't worry, this is normal for that age. As long as both eyes are moving and there's no "windshield wipers" movement, she is fine! If you notice any of these symptoms talk to your doctor. Even though your baby still sees blurry, she can recognise you, your voice and smell.
4 weeks oldAs you can expect in the fourth week, your baby starts growing intensively. Therefore she will start feeding even more often. That probably is already happening. Doctors say that the rapid growth and often feeding starts between 3th and 6th week. Gaining weight, of course, is part of the process and it's normal. The average weight for baby boys is 9 lbs 14 oz or 4.5 kg and for baby girls 9 lbs 4 oz or 4.2 kg.
BABY BOY AVERAGE WEIGHT MONTH-BY-MONTH[table id=4 /]
BABY GIRL AVERAGE WEIGHT MONTH-BY-MONTH[table id=5 /] When it comes to length the average for baby boys is 21 1/2 in or 54.7 cm and for baby girls 21 in or 53. 7 cm.
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BABY GIRL AVERAGE LENGTH MONTH-BY-MONTH
[table id=7 /] Your 1-month-old baby is still developing his sight and only can see a foot away, but now he pays attention more and can see high-contrast patterns. That gives you a great chance to introduce him to some small toys in black and white colours. Tummy time is also critical. Although a lot of babies hate it, it is essential to stick to it even if it is just for a few seconds. You can help to distract the baby. Get down and play with him.
Feeding your newborn
1 week old
The only two ways that you will feed your baby are with Formula and breast milk. You can expect to breastfeed it every two to three hours. Bear in mind that some babies feed very often to boost mummy's milk supply so the whole process might seem endless. Expect your newborn to take in just half ounce per feeding for the first day or two of his life, which will gradually increase to 1 to 2 ounces per feeding. When he is 2 weeks old should take in about 2 to 3 ounces. Breastfeeding usually takes around 20 to 40 minutes. However, that is not a set time so it may differ. Every baby is different after all. What you can do is to offer one breast first and when you notice that is going soft and the baby hasn’t finished yet switch to the other one. Don’t worry your baby knows when he is full and will stop. Tip: Your baby should be wetting at least five nappies a day which is a sign that he drinks enough milk. If you feel that your newborn is constipated call your doctor immediately and don’t try to fix it yourself.
2 weeks old
During a period of 24 hours, you should be feeding your baby around 8 to 12 times. To make it easier watch for the clues.
Best clues that baby will give you when he is hungry:
- Licking lips
- Sticking tongue out
- Rooting (moving jaw and mouth or head in search of a breast)
- Putting his/her hand to mouth repeatedly
- Opening her mouth
- Sucking on everything around
3 weeks old
Now as the baby grows and he is in his third week, you can increase the formula to 3 to 4 ounces. If you have to wake him up, do it, but don’t let your baby go more than 5 hours between feeding until his first month. Best is to keep it to every 3 to 4 hours. Breastfeeding your baby should still happen 8 to 12 times a day, however, If he starts sleeping longer leave him, but make sure you are tracking his weight gain.
4 weeks old
Formula fed babies may require an intake of 4 ounces every 4 hours at four weeks old and those who are on breastmilk should be fed every two to three hours. Don’t forget, he will stop when full. [smartslider3 slider=9]
1 week old
You will be surprised by how much your newborn baby sleeps. It is not that easy to determine exactly how much sleep your baby will take, but on average he should sleep between 16 and 20 hours per day. Make sure to be close when he wakes up because usually, they sleep around 2 to 4 hours at a time. Talking about waking up, your baby doesn't know the difference between day and night yet so wake up can happen anytime. To help him understand the difference give him more light and playful time during the day and dark and calm at night. It is not a guarantee, but it will definitely help. Tip: Clear all the unnecessary clutter like soft and fluffy beddings, toys or other objects from his crib Tip 2: When it is time to sleep, place him on his back. All of that reduced the risk of SIDS ( Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
2 weeks old
Your two weeks old baby still sleeps the impressive 16 hours a day, but unfortunately not straight. He will wake up any time of the day or night, so be patient.
3 weeks old
As your baby enters the 3-rd week nap periods will get shorter gradually which will give you more time with your baby. Make sure you keep him busy and entertained during the day and relaxed night time. That might significantly improve his nighttime sleep. 16 hours of sleep a day is not uncommon at this stage.